For those who haven’t drafted yet, time is running out to create your fantasy team team. I would formally like to applaud those who haven’t drafted. Congrats! You avoided the devastating preseason injuries. When is comes to fantasy the majority of points come from your wide receivers, running backs, and your quarterback. A recent trend in the NFL shows a progression in the skill level, and use of a tight end. In the NFL today there are about five tight ends who’s stats are equivalent to a 2nd tier wide receiver. When it comes to tight ends you have five guys to choose from who’ll get you 10+ points per game and the rest are just 6-8 point fillers. Personally I’ve noticed that people in several of my leagues are hesitant when drafting a tight end. Even though their stats are proven to be better than a lot of wide relievers and running backs people feel as if it isn’t “late enough to draft a tight end.”
Don’t be afraid! Here are the Tight Ends you should look out for:
Rob Gronkowski: The beast himself. Many doubters were quieted last season as he proved he is no longer made of glass. Rob led all Tight Ends with receiving touchdowns, targets, and yards. Watch out for him this year as he strives to catch another 1000-yard season.
Jimmy Graham: The second man in command. Jimmy Graham has solidified himself as the 2nd best Tight End in the NFL. He also sparks the constant Graham vs. Gronkowski debate throughout the NFL season. Graham should have a lot of eyes on him this year as he competes for the Seattle Seahawks. Will Wilson favor Graham as much as Brees did in the past? These questions will be answered a few weeks into the season.
Greg Olsen: The last man standing in terms of Cam Newton’s weapons. The injury to Kelvin Benjamin will definitely increase the value of Olsen in the red zone, and throws in the middle of the field. Last season he was the fourth most targeted Tight End, and was second in receiving yard for Tight Ends as well. Watch for a higher season totals in terms of touchdowns, while his receiving yards may stay the same.
Travis Kelce: The biggest risk in my opinion. The risk only exists because he plays for the sporadic and run oriented Kansas City Chiefs. Kelce, last season, was on the field for fewer snaps than his teammate Anthony Fasano. With Fasano now gone, watch out for Kelce’s stats to increase. He has the talent to produce Rob Gronkowski numbers, but the offence he plays in will not generate the stats he’s capable of. Be careful of your draft placement when considering him for your team.
Martellus Bennett: Like Kelce, Bennett is a risk due to the joke of a quarterback throwing to him. Bennett had the best year of his career last season, and now that Brandon Marshall is gone and Kevin White most likely gone for the year, look for Bennett’s targets and receptions to increase.
By David Arakelian @DavSosa_